Gray Birches


Birches © 2011 Bo Mackison

The state of mind of the photographer while creating is blank… [but] it is a very active state of mind, really a very receptive state of mind, ready at an instant to grasp an image, yet with no image pre-formed at any time.                      ~ Minor White

The gray birch is sometimes called an old field birch or a pioneer birch. It often grows in abandoned fields or pastures. This birch was standing at the edge of a construction site and grew wild many years ago.

I loved the black markings on the trunk, triangular-shaped areas where branches were once attached. And the tiny hatch markings that cover the rest of the trunk. Yellow leaves from the tree behind this birch provided the color for the background.


Bo Mackison is a photographer, owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. One of the greatest side benefits of nature photography are the walks in the woods required for scouting photo subjects.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. This is a wonderfully warming photo even though it is an autum view.

  2. They’re beautiful!! There is something about them at this time of year – especially when paired with their golden leaves.

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